on gay marriage was, quote, constantly evolving, because i am a politician. okay, he didn't say the because i am a politician part. joining me now, glen green walled, contributing writer to salon.com. glen, that's really what it is with this president, isn't it? you're watching a politician grapple with an issue, not a constitutional law professor or a man. >> i think in general, you're right, in general that's true. but this is actually a case where that may not be that true, and i say this as a fairly frequent critic of the obama administration, but this seems to be a case where what they did does deserve enthusistic praise. they could say this is done to -- gay groups have been fairly placated by repeal of don't ask, don't tell. this was not high on the list for gay groups. on the other side, you have those that are triggered by gay marriage.